Very interesting! I saw the photo from Ojo and voted for it back in nov 2010 and i kept thinking about it for a while.
But nobody had the idea of doing a research about this wierd behaviour.
Very, very cool man. Glad i saw it and read it.
Thank you! I really appreciate the comment.
At first I wasn't sure why you wanted my stupid picture of ladybugs, but now I know and what a well put together article. I remember coming up on the summit of Gobbler's and wondering why there was so many ladybugs and now I know. Very good article and very informative. Thanks for posting!
I am certain it sounded like an odd request (considering the photo), but thank you for obliging and for the nice comment.
This swarm consists of a mix of species; the thick clumps are various beetles, though there were plenty of dipterans around too.
You are correct. Swarms and mountainous migratory phenomena are not isolated to ladybugs/ladybirds; similar swarms and migrations also occur for some animals and some other insect species, for a variety of possible reasons. Ladybugs/ladybirds are just the focus of this particular SP article. I like your photos. Thank you for sharing them!
Great article, well researched. Also, this was a super way to leverage the collaborative possibilities within SP (by sharing other user's photos). Nice work!
Thanks again for allowing me to use yours. Not only is each photo on the main page from a different SP member, for the most part each photo is from a different state or region... which I hoped would help illustrate that this is not an occurrence which is specific to one small area.
I prefer to think they choose summits for the view!
A very enjoyable read. May I add that the little critters can bite when in 'voracious' eating mode, a surprise to me.
The first time I saw this phenomenon was on the summit of Clark Mountain (8,602 ft.) in Washington in July 1977. Interesting article, thanks!
Your article caught my eye because I have seen the phenomenon of a thousand or more ladybugs gathered on an 11,000 foot Wasatch peak.
I witnessed this phenomena twice here in Arizona.
Guess I should of snapped a picture, but didn't in my wildest
dreams figure it would appear in an SP article. Great job!
Especially when written by a man, it probably takes people off-guard even more! I was fascinated by the phenomenom, and wanted to share it with other people. You (we) are not alone.
I have seen this twice on 10,000 Ft. Summits and both times I was perplexed. it did not make sense to see so many "LADY Beetles" in such harsh conditions. now I can enjoy this phonominon with better understanding. Cheers!
but in the end it is still not clear why are the ladybugs swarming up there?
The original ladybug is the European 7-spotted variety, linked with Virgin Mary through the concept of Seven Sorrows / Seven Blades piercing her heart (as in the famous Dolorosa de la Siente Punales icon, visualizing the prophecy of St. Simeon to Virgin Mary). And it is pretty much restricted to Germanic languages. But the ladybug must have been associated with gods even before that, if in so many other European languages it's variably known as God's cow / hen / mare...?
Also why the Greek name "Hippodamia", the horse-traineress, specifically for the American ladybug?
Thank you for the comment.
I figure it must be instinct that they travel as they do, as their mating locations tend to occur away from most potential natural predators. As for the scientific name, I will see if I can find out some more information...
Sorry, not sure what the scientific name has to do with the
price of tea in China. : )
Until now, I always thought THEY were the fifth BEATLE.
Just discovered that the British apparently switched from "ladybug" to "ladybird" because of their Victorian-era hypocrisy. The word "bug" <= bugger has become associated with sexual perversion esp. bestiality through the "Bulgarian heresy" of Cathars aka Bogomils.
Thank you for finding out that piece of historical information.
Very interesting! Much appreciated!